Family Dentistry

Compassionate Family Dentistry in Southfield, MI

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Good oral health is an important aspect of the overall health of yourself and your loved ones. Now that we better understand the mouth-body connection, it’s even more important for individuals of every age to receive regular hygiene and routine checkups in order to keep their smile healthy and beautiful.

At Dixon Family Dental, Dr. Darlene Daniels-Dixon has enjoyed providing comprehensive family dentistry in Southfield, MI, and the surrounding communities of Oakland County since 1999. Whether it’s time for your child’s first dental visit, your routine exam, or a grandparent is looking to restore their oral health, our practice is open to all ages.

Having spent many of her childhood years in the dental chair herself, Dr. Dixon knows what offering compassionate and personalized dentistry takes. That’s why we pride ourselves on delivering consistent care and a welcoming atmosphere that makes you feel like family. Contact Dixon Family Dental today to schedule an appointment for yourself or a loved one!


What is Family Dentistry?

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Family dentistry focuses on establishing a strong foundation of oral health and protecting it throughout the many stages of life. Because children, teens, and adults all have unique dental needs, our skilled family dentist not only recognizes this but provides comprehensive treatments and services that are tailored to each age group and individual.

Like general dentistry, family dentistry involves patient communication, educating you about the important role oral health plays for your overall health and the well-being of your family. This also often includes our team providing oral hygiene tips for practicing proper care at home and providing advice about lifestyle and eating habits that could be influencing your smile.

When entrusting our family dentist, you also benefit from her knowledge, extensive experience, and comprehensive services that are designed to help prevent and treat issues that can affect you at any age.

What Dental Care Services Can You Offer My Family?

At Dixon Family Dental, we provide a wide range of treatments and procedures, many of which can be tailored to meet the needs of every member of your family. They include, but are not limited to:

Thorough Examinations: Dr. Dixon performs routine examinations that check everything from teeth and gums to jawbone structure, facial features, and the neck. These exams are essential for monitoring the overall health of your smile, for detecting any changes in your oral health, and for catching issues before they develop into serious causes for concern.

Professional Dental Cleanings: We clean teeth, effectively removing plaque or tartar buildup, helping you protect your smile from harmful oral bacteria that contribute to cavities, tooth decay, and gum-tissue inflammation. We use special tools to measure gum pockets, helping to eliminate the possibility of gum disease developing in your smile. Cleanings are finalized by flossing and polishing, so you can leave our office feeling clean and fresh.

Digital X-Rays: Dental x-rays are essential tools for helping us detect and diagnose complications that are not visible to the naked eye. Digital x-ray technology can reveal the nerves, soft-tissues, and internal structures of your teeth, gums, and jaw while exposing you to less radiation. X-rays also help us identify defects, cysts, and tumors.

Fluoride Treatments and Sealants: Our dentist recommends fluoride for helping to strengthen and remineralize teeth in the beginning stages of cavity development. Sealants are applied to the surfaces of teeth to protect them against decay. Both fluoride and sealant treatments are effective for helping to keep children’s teeth healthy and cavity-free but can be offered to adults and teens as well.

Cosmetic Dentistry: With cosmetic dentistry, you can enhance natural smile aesthetics, repair wear, and even rebuild your smile after tooth loss. In addition to using beautiful and body-safe materials, these treatments can be tailored for teen, adult, and senior smiles. Some of our most popular cosmetic services include in-office teeth whitening, composite fillings, porcelain veneers, inlays and onlays, and crowns.

Dental Restorations: Restoration prosthetics and restorative procedures are how we can replace one to all missing teeth, repair damaged teeth, and restore dental function and overall oral health. Our restorations include dental implants, crowns, bridges, and denture appliances, each fabricated to mimic your natural smile. Restorative procedures like root canal therapy are also available to save teeth whenever possible.

Dental Implants: Dental implants replace any number of missing teeth, from the root to the crown. Implants are titanium posts that serve as artificial tooth roots and eventually become part of your jawbone once tissue and bone fuse to your implant(s). Once healed, implants are lasting, secure anchors for your restoration.

Periodontal (Gum) Disease Treatment: We provide gum disease prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and maintenance at our office. Periodontal disease is an oral infection that attacks the tissues that surround and support your teeth as well as the jawbone underneath. We help you keep your smile free of plaque and tartar by providing advice to further protect your smile at home and maintain your overall oral health with routine visits.

Why is Dental Care for My Family Important?

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Dental and oral health issues can often be hereditary, meaning that when they develop in one member of the family, this can mean other members of your family are vulnerable to the same issues. Having an office where your entire family is treated by a dentist who knows their habits, medical history, and genetics is very beneficial for their oral and overall health.

Keeping Your Family Healthy by Treating Common Oral and Dental Health Issues

Our dentist has the comprehensive services and skill to address many conditions that can impact smiles at any age. The Dixon Family Dental team is equipped to treat the following:

  • Cavities and tooth decay
  • Tooth sensitivity and pain
  • Bad breath
  • Gum disease
  • Dental injuries
  • Chipped, cracked and broken teeth
  • Tooth loss

Do I Have to Have a Family to See a Family Dentist?

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Absolutely not! Even if you’re a single individual or part of a couple without children, our Southfield dentist and her team gladly welcome you to receive the dental care you deserve at our office.

Seeing our family dentist even without a family still allows you to experience the benefits of keeping your smile healthy throughout your life. Also, if you ever start a family, you have the additional peace of mind in knowing you have a trusted and skilled dental team to take care of your loved ones’ needs.

When Should My Family Start Visiting the Dentist?

If you have young children, we recommend bringing them in for an introductory visit once they develop their first tooth, no later than their first birthday.

For teens, adults, and seniors, our team is here to help you get started now! We recommend that you visit our office for routine dental care every six months. Our goal at Dixon Family Dental is to help you achieve a beautiful, functional smile built on a foundation of lasting oral health no matter your age or current oral health situation.

What Can I Expect from My Family’s First Dental Visit?

During first visits to our office, Dr. Dixon takes the time to get to know you and your children as individuals. Aside from discussing your concerns and goals for treatments and analyzing your oral health and medical history, we’ll introduce you to the rest of our team, helping you become familiar with the dental office environment.

During the first visits, you can expect:

  • Warm and inviting atmosphere with modern advances to ensure your comfort
  • Genuine and friendly staff to greet you
  • A full tour of our office to help ease feelings of intimidation or anxiety
  • Dental education involving easy-to-understand and child-friendly language
  • Patient and respectful demeanors with you and your children

Part of this visit may include nutritional and behavioral counseling for parents and children, helping them to eliminate unhealthy oral health habits and promote positive ones.

Establishing Trust with Detailed Consultations

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Whatever your current dental or oral health needs, you can be sure we create personalized treatment plans that are aligned to your goals and expectations. Our dentist achieves this by conducting detailed consultations that help her gain a full understanding of your concerns, questions, and fears surrounding your oral health.

During this time, Dr. Dixon thoroughly explains each treatment, why they’re needed, and what you can expect out of your care. She never suggests procedures that aren’t beneficial to your needs or the needs of your loved ones. We understand that when you have a family, budget is important; therefore, we work with you to create plans that meet your needs and exceed your expectations.

Promoting Prevention Through Education

At our dental office, we want you to keep your smile healthy for life. Preventive care is built upon making that happen, and we believe that it requires a joint effort. This means working with our patients to ensure good oral health and hygiene is achieved for all ages.

We believe that by educating and working with our patients, we can establish positive habits and outlooks regarding dental care.

5 Ways You Can Take Care of Your Smile and the Smiles of Your Loved Ones!

We highly recommend practicing diligent oral hygiene at home between dental visits. This includes:

  1. Brushing teeth for at least two minutes, twice daily
  2. Flossing at least once a day, after brushing or eating
  3. Using a soft-bristled or electric toothbrush
  4. Contacting us right away if you’re in pain or notice anything unusual
  5. Avoid smoking, limit alcohol, and eat a diet rich in nutrients and vitamins

Experience All-Inclusive Dentistry Tailored to All the Members of Your Family!

At Dixon Family Dental, we provide dental care, oral hygiene, and patient education to patients of all ages. The treatments that Dr. Dixon offers are beneficial for all our patients. Contact our Southfield, MI, practice today to schedule a visit and get your loved on the right path towards a promising future of happy and healthy smiles!